|Subject:||Re: El cid|
|Author:||SugarPlumFairy (Authenticated as SugarPlumFairy)|
|Date:||March 30, 2011 at 4:39:41 PM|
|Reply to:||El cid by CHIMENE|
Chimène is the French form of Ximena / Jimena, a common Iberian name in the Middle Ages. The most famous bearer was the wife of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar aka "El Cid", a XI-century Spanish warrior (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Cid).
The origins of this name are disputed. Some argue that it's a feminine form of Simeon / Simon (equivalent to Simone). Others that Ximeno / Ximena has a different etymology and it's originally from a Basque or Navarrese source.
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